One of the things that was released this Gadget Show Live was Jabra’s Revo Wireless headphones. The Jabra Revo (wired version) has already made a good impression in the world with it’s wired durability and awesome sound quality. Jabra has now gone one step further, by bringing the same quality of sound in a wireless version of the device.
The outer shell of the case is very similar to the one provided by Jabra for the Solemate device we covered earlier. It show cases the Dolby Digital Plus logo, showcasing that the headphones pack that in as the sound technology.
Inside the box, you will find the headphones, a getting started guide, a USB cable that enables you to charge the device, as well as a 3.5mm cable with an inline remote and mic so you can use the device in a wired form. It also packs in a protective case that will protect your device from splashes and dust when transporting.
The headphones themselves can be folded into a smaller package for easier transport. Since these headphones have been designed in an extra rugged format, you can be rest assured that you can just throw them in your backpack and travel with them. The protective case obviously helps.
The headphones themselves have a nice plastic finish, with cushioning for your head on top as well as extra cushioning around your ears. Both sides of the headphones have a ‘turntable’ finish. Inside the headphones you’ll find that they have labelled the Left and Right sides so that you can easily figure out which is which without having to search for those tiny little Ls and Rs we find on most headphones. They incorporate soft and plush memory foam giving you the comfort you want.
NFC and Bluetooth Pairing
On the Left Ear you will find an NFC tag which means that you can easily pair this device with any NFC enabled phone. All you need to do is turn this on, make sure your phone can receive NFC data, and press this button and hold the device close. Pairing happens seamlessly.
Alternatively you can use traditional methods to pair this device via Bluetooth. Once again, much like the Jabra Solemate, this actually gives you instructions on how to pair when in pairing mode. A simple on/off switch can turn these on and off, while pushing it beyond ON takes you to Bluetooth pairing mode.
Obviously, if you don’t want wireless, these will also work in wired mode, and all you have to do is plug these into whatever device you want to use.
Controls and playing music
This is my favourite bit of writing this review down. If you have ever had one of the classic or Nano/Mini iPods, you will be well aware of the scroll wheel. On these, the turntable on the right ear serves as a volume control in a similar fashion. Pressing on either side changes tracks, while the button in the middle pauses and plays. It can also be used to accept calls as well as make them.
Jabra Sound App
To give you the full Dolby Sound Experience, Jabra pack in an app that you can download for both iPhones (and other iOS) devices as well as Android devices. Hitting the NFC button on the left side actually enables this app on your device if you wish. I found that this app is pretty much the best way to enjoy the music experience of these headphones. In fact, I will even go as far as saying that it is needed to enjoy the best music experience out of these headphones.
These deliver everything you expect from a Dolby Surround Sound experience. Volume control using these can get the sound blaring enough to drown out the loudest of construction workers. With well pronounced clarity and surround sound experience, these are one of the best headphones out there if you want complete immersion.
As expected, the call quality is nothing less of great either. These headphones work as expected, and while I always find the surround sound experience of calls a bit daunting, the added DSP to cut out background noise and echoes means you get a great sound quality.
Designed to be portable, I took these out for a run and found them to be light and easily manageable. The headphones also stay on with normal jogging so for most exercise they are quite okay. However, for intense workouts, I fear they may slip off so would not be advised.
One of the things Jabra were most proud of were how rugged these headphones are. You can twist and turn them if you wish and find them return to their original position. If you click on the product link I gave earlier, you’ll find that they have been tested for drops, bends and folds.
Another great product from Jabra, which packs in great sound and portability giving you full control over your music and call experience. The only thing I think that might steal some credit away is the requirement to have the Dolby app operating on your phone to get the best experience out.
While still not available in the market, these are up for pre-orders at various online retailers.